Online genealogy helping police zero in on killer of Erin Gilmour, Toronto magnate’s daughter

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It was the heinous murder of the daughter of a wealthy Toronto businessman, a crime that shook the city, and was linked to at least one other murder.

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And now, nearly 40 years later, police say they are tracing a suspect in the murder of Erin Gilmour, who was found dead in the bed of her Yorkville apartment on the cold night of December 20, 1983. Her boyfriend, Anthony Munk.

But while police say they are hopeful of naming a suspect, the victim’s wealthy 90-year-old father says he has, out of necessity, moved on from the tragedy.

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Gilmour’s father, David, has struggled with depression for the past 37 years, but says he has found relief Not interested in a state of mind and investigation with your business ventures.

The suspect’s DNA from Erin Gilmour’s attacker links the man to the murder of Susan Tice, who was also killed in 1983. The DNA discovery linking the two women was made more than 20 years ago.

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Details Sergeant Stephen Smith, chief of the Toronto Police’s Cold Cases and Missing Persons Division, said with 696 cold cases being investigated, this double crime scenario is “one of the most complex” he has faced.

“We have a lot of twists and turns to work with,” Smith said. “With the pedigree, it has a good chance (of catching the attacker).”

Smith does not know whether the other crimes are related to the DNA that links the suspect to the murders of 22-year-old Gilmour, an aspiring fashion designer, and 45-year-old Tice, a family doctor and mother of four.

“We’ve been close for a while. Absolutely,” Smith of zeroing in on a criminal. “It could be weeks, it could be months. I hope to solve this in 2021.

Smith and his staff are using the websites GEDmatch.com and familytreedna.com to narrow down their list. Smith’s staff includes six genealogists, three of whom usually work on a certain case.

“It is information that through pedigree we have been able to reduce our suspect pool,” Smith said. “We are unsure whether our perpetrator has committed any other crime, but once we identify him, we are going to thoroughly investigate his whereabouts over the years and any crimes committed during those years.” “

Smith said “it is our belief” that the suspect is in the “50s-60s” range and determined that “he lived in Toronto or was living in Toronto.”

Smith said he found it difficult to understand why anyone would want to engage in “almost unnecessary overkill” of Gilmour and Tice, adding that the cases were “horrible, above and beyond a common crime”.

Gilmour’s father, David Gilmour, who had a hand in founding Barrick Gold and started luxury stereo-producer Clairtone and Fiji Water with the late Peter Munk, has tried to prevent the depression involved in losing his daughter.

“I’m sure the killer is dead by now,” Gilmour said in an interview. “There’s no closure.”

The Toronto native is in good health and spends part of the year living with his wife Jillian in Wakaya Island, which he bought in the 1970s, and in Palm Beach, Fla., where he builds and builds schools for the less fortunate. is operating.

Gilmour was 53 at the time of the murder and struggled personally for several years after the crime. Now, he thinks of other children around the world by building schools in his daughter’s honor. One of the schools he helped fund is called the Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center in Palm Beach.

Gilmour says she is “extremely grateful” that she has been able to help give “young children a chance” in their schools.

“Instead of feeling sorry for what happened, I am building schools. It makes me very happy,” Gilmour said.

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